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The M(N)STRY: Activating the Archive Through Poetics


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With everything happening in the news that frightens me about the future of this country and world, I turn back again to the importance of the archive, storytelling and truth-telling for marginalized communities. Last month, I went to archivist and writer Joyce LeeAnn and researcher and writer Akeema-Zane’s workshop In the Middle of Things: The Poetics of Archival Praxis, which was part of Pioneer Works’ series Fact Craft.

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Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: Audre Lorde’s “Recreation”


Thanks to Melanated Writers Collective for quoting the poem today. As a writer, I love the sensuality of this poem; how the two are creating themselves and the world around them in writing. Like two deities writing themselves into existence.

Recreation

Coming together
it is easier to work
after our bodies
meet
paper and pen
neither care nor profit
whether we write or not
but as your body moves
under my hands
charged and waiting
we cut the leash
you create me against your thighs
hilly with images
moving through our word countries
my body
writes into your flesh
the poem
you make of me.
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Touching you I catch midnight
as moon fires set in my throat
I love you flesh into blossom
I made you
and take you made
into me.